Native Plants in the Vineyard: Enhancing Ecosystems

Robin Dobson and Kathleen Perillo know they will have succeeded in designing a resilient farming system when the Western Meadowlark returns to nest under their grapevines. At Klickitat Canyon and Columbia Gorge Winery and Meadowlark Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge near Lyle, Washington, restoring native habitat is front and center.On a warm, sunny Earth… » More ...

The Good Mite Fight

June 19, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Dealing with mites in orchards is tricky business. Some of these tiny arthropods—barely, or not even visible to the human eye—suck juice from leaves, insidiously sapping plant vigor. Other species of mites are actually an orchardist’s friends, feeding on the pest mites and… » More ...

Saving Honey Bees

June 11, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Honey bees face a lot of challenges, according to Steve Sheppard, professor of entomology at WSU. Invasive mites can sap a brood’s strength and vector viruses. Pesticides can build up in the brood comb and gradually weaken the bees. And while the agricultural… » More ...

Scholarship Winners

Natalie Boyle (Walsh) received the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood “Student of the Year” Award, in honor of her work with alfalfa pollinators. Amanda Meadows (Snyder/Owen) received the Entomology Support Fund “Research” Award, to support her work on the community ecology of mosquitoes. Amber Vinchesi (Lavine/Walsh) received the Howard and Hermina Hallgarth “Paper of the… » More ...

Honey Bee Semen Bank

June 6, 2013 | WSU News, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank from select U.S. and European honey bee colonies. At the same time, the researchers will use genetic cross-breeding methods to produce more diverse, resilient honey bee subspecies that could help thwart the nation's current… » More ...

CAHNRS Awards Banquet

Jay Brunner received the Individual Integrated Award. Vince Jones, Ute Chambers, Betsy Beers, Jay Brunner, Brad Petit, Gary Grove, Jerry Tangren, Timothy Smith and Wendy Jones were the recipients of the Team Interdisciplinary Award. » More ...